December 27th, 2017
Do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
On Monday many of us will wish each other a “Happy New Year!” But as we begin a new year, we need more than a hopeful greeting from the people around us. We need to listen to what God told Joshua about 3,400 years ago. As Joshua was about to lead God’s people into the promised land, he had plenty of reasons to be afraid. He had an enormous task ahead of him, and he was aware of the dangers that he and the people would soon be facing.
He needed God’s encouragement. A new year brings lots of questions: Will our health hold? Will our marriage last? Will I be able to hang on to my job? Will I get into the right school? Will I live to see the end of this year? Will the economy improve? Will there be a terrorist attack or some natural disaster that takes me or my loved ones? The Creator of the universe comes to us and says, “Don’t be afraid; don’t be discouraged.”
What happens in this coming year is not left to chance. God is in charge, and he promises to stay close: “The LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Many years later, the Lord Jesus made the same promise when he said, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). Therefore, we can feel confident wishing each other a “Happy New Year!”
Wishing all my friends and family a blessed New Year full of peace, laughter, prosperity and health.
April 8th, 2015
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Each of us have verses that speak to us in the core of our being. Joshua 1:9 is that verse for me. In the first few verses of the book of Joshua, God tells Joshua three times, “Be strong and courageous.” That’s our first warning that living a Christian life isn’t always going to be easy.
When God called me to be a traveling therapist, I was a successful pool therapist and Glen was dying. To obey, I had to give up the pool I loved, leave my house and my beloved Glen behind, and move north with two suitcases. Everything I’d accomplished in 14 years in Boynton Beach, FL had to be abandoned. My whole understanding of stability had to change. “Be strong and courageous.” I had to step out in faith. “The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Jesus promised he would never forsake us; he would send the Comforter to be always with us.
While all my life has been an experience in learning to walk with God, the past year and a half has been much deeper. Learning to trust him, and to cooperate with him hasn’t always been easy and has frequently required me to “be strong and courageous”. But God has supplied the strength and courage when I would have faltered. God’s been faithful through it all.
Let my experience reassure you that God will always be there for whatever physical or emotional needs you’re facing. You can be of good courage knowing He’ll be there through it all. Amen!